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* Rubella vaccination sends Sri Lankan school girls to hospital again
Fri, Jun 19, 2009, 05:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 19, Matara: A group of school girls in Matara were admitted to the hospital following the administration of rubella vaccine.

Hospital sources said that several students in Mahamaya Girls School in Matara have been admitted to the hospital experiencing severe headaches and other symptoms after the vaccination.

However, they are not in a life threatening condition, the hospital confirmed.

In mid March a 12-year-old school girl, Peshala Hansanai of the Matara St. Thomas Girls School died and 26 more students fell ill following administration of Rubella vaccine.

Following the incident, the government has temporarily suspended the school rubella vaccination program. The program was later recommenced in May under the guidance of World Health Organization.

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